Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DIY Under $5 {Chocolate Zucchini Bread}

Anyone else's garden exploding with zucchini? I love it as much as the next girl, but there is only so much you can eat in true vegetable form. Sometimes, I like to go the baked good route and mix chocolate and zucchini. It's a great way to combine my chocolate addiction with a healthy sidekick.



I like to use the Our Best Bites Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe which is fantastic as muffins or loaves. It has this sugary crackly top that is truly divine! Yum-o!



We made a great big batch and sent a loaf to little guy's teacher for the first day of school.



I just wrapped it up in a sheet of parchment, tied it with a red ribbon and added a little note. It makes a yummy teacher appreciation gift.



This recipe has been approved by the chunk. He can't get enough of it. Thumbs up!





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Monday, August 29, 2011

Make a Memory {Family Cheer}

Here we are, week 13 of the Make a Memory series. Each Monday through Labor Day I will feature a special family tradition from one of my favorite bloggers. It is so important to create lasting memories with our families and this will be a fun way to get ideas for fun traditions we can start with our own families. So let's dive right in and see how Kiki from Kiki Creates and her family make a memory!



Hi! My name is Kiki from Kiki Creates. I am so happy to be here at A Little Tipsy this morning.




I am a mother to 3 beautiful kids and a wife to one awesome husband. They keep me sane, cheer me on when I get down, but most of all are they are my biggest sources of inspiration. Kiki Creates is my little place in blogland filled with tutorials, free printables and the inspiration where it all comes from.

I am loving this series. Traditions have always been a fun part of my life...from the little ones growing up to the ones I do now with my family. It certainly has been a fun way to grow closer together.


What seems like a long time ago, when I only had one child, we came upon something that was really funny to us. My husband and I watched a youth group at a summer camp come together and cheer "Sure Love Ya!"..and my husband and I watched and laughed at them. My son also watched and in his own way asked to do the cheer, so we did it...and it stuck. As each child has come into our family we have taught them the way of our family.


A few years ago, we had our family pictures taken and had this crazy family cheer photographed. I think she definitely caught the fun we have while doing it:








I know this is such a silly tradition, but we have used it in times when we needed to come together quickly..or right after we have accomplished something amazing together. And I can't help but LOVE the picture of our hands all in a pile...after all, that's how I want to remember my little family..all piled up and working together! I'm sure this is a tradition that will never die.


Just recently I made a print out of our tradition to place in my kids rooms..so they can read and remember how much we truly do love each other! Feel free to take one or both. Simply right click on the image and save or print as you wish!





Thanks so much for having me, Michelle. This was a fun way to remember the traditions we have in our family..and a treat to read about all the others.

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I love it! So great to have it documented in pictures as well! We have a family cheer too. My brother made it up when he was like 6 and I have carried it on with my own family. We say, "Together, Forever, through all eternity. Barneck, Barneck, Barneck family!" and then do a group hug. My little guy loves saying it each night before bedtime. Thanks Kiki for sharing another great way to make a memory!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

DIY Under $5 Features

Welcome to another week of fabulous party features! This week we are playing with cereal boxes, chopsticks, Oreos, and knobs. Sound interesting? Let's go.

My faves:

Lighthouse Candle Holders (made from cereal boxes and floral wire!) from Burton Avenue



Chopstick Sunburst Mirror from Sort of Creative




Adorable Minnie Mouse Party from Stampin' and Craftin'



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Love this Jewelry Organizer from Ginger Snap Crafts
! So classy, yet functional.



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Friday, August 26, 2011

Point of View: Back to School

Is it the fourth Friday already? I swear it sneaks up on me every month. Well, you know what that means. It's Point of View time!! This months theme was "Back to School" and I am loving what the girls came up with! Just take a look...


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I'm not going to lie, I was stumped with this month's Point of View theme "Back to School." My oldest just started his first year of preschool so I have not had a lot of experience in school themed crafts or teacher appreciation etc. I asked the hubs what was the first thing that came to mind with "back to school" and he said, "pencils and paper". So, I ran with it.

I took a cute picture of my son on his first day of school and wanted a special way for him to display his big boy milestone. But, in true Tipsy style I did not want to spend a lot or buy some really cheesy, overly colorful back to school frame. So, I made one out of the true symbols of back to school: pencils and paper.

Back to School Frame



Want to make your own? Here's what you're going to need.



Supplies needed for Back to School frame:
  • 4x6 picture frame (mine was from Dollar Tree, the plain wood frames from Michael's were too long for my pencils)
  • 16 pencils, may want to have extras in case you break one or make one too short (they have packs of 16 at Dollar Tree, got my packs at Office Depot)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Hack saw
  • Foam brush
  • White lined paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Exacto knife
  • Hot glue
  • Red cardstock apple
  • School Picture
1. Lay your pencils on your frame and mark them where you want the end to be for them to fit all puzzle like on a diagonal.



2. Slice off the extra with a hack saw so you don't have to sharpen the pencils for hours (or be like me and recruit the hubs to do so). Our table saw had the perfect little groove to hold two pencils in place which was great since you need two of each size.



3. Sharpen the pencils to a point until they all fit perfectly on the frame.



4. Brush a light coat of Mod Podge over your frame and lay a sheet of lined paper over it carefully smoothing over the front of the frame. The only part that will show are the corners, so if it creases a little don't worry.



5. Mod Podge the edges of the frame and wrap the paper around folding on the corners like a present. Mod Podge the paper around to the back of the frame so the sides look nice and finished.



6. Cut an X in the paper in the middle of the frame with your exacto so you can fold it in to the middle and Mod Podge on to the inside edge.




7. Trim off the excess paper. You will fold the paper under the picture when you put it in.



8. CAREFULLY hot glue each pencil in place. I had all the pencils in place so I could see exactly where they needed to go. I put 3 or 4 tiny dots of hot glue on the back of each pencil.



9. Add a cardstock apple (found in my scrapbook stash). I cut a little piece of lined paper and penciled some seeds o it to add a little dimension.



10. Add your favorite back to school photo (the one with him wearing his life jacket to look like muscles was a close second) to finish it off.




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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

DIY Under $5 {Lucky Penny}

Find a penny pick it up, rest the day you'll have good luck. What luck to find such a cute idea in Law Student Craft's Etsy shop! I was inspired by her simple, happy design, but decided to take it a step further and make it a wearable reminder of how each of us is lucky in our own way.



This was a super fast and easy project. I used my 1/4 inch stamp set (got mine at Harbor Freight for like $10) and stamped in the letters using a hammer.

I got the rest of the supplies (keychain, jump rings, silver ring base) at Hobby Lobby for $5.

Lucky Penny Keychain:

1. Punch a hole in the top of the penny with the pointed stamping tool or a nail or screw.
2. Attach the penny to the keychain with a jump ring.

Totally complicated right. ;)

Lucky Penny Ring:

1. Glue the penny to the ring base (one of those ones with the big circle on it for stability) using glue meant for metal.

I know, really difficult tutorial.



You can use old or new pennies depending on the coloring you like. I love the idea of using a penny from the recipients birth year.



On the new penny I rubbed a little Martha Stewart Satin Chestnut Brown paint in to the letters to make them stand out more.



I think I may make these for my church youth group as well. We gave them charm bracelets that we give them charms for every now and again and I think these would be perfect!


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  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Frosted Mirror with Martha Stewart Paint

About a week ago I got a box in the mail. It's one of those times when you open up the package and know you've hit the jackpot. It was brimming with amazing new products coming at the end of August exclusively to Michael's Stores. I'm so excited to show you the Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line, brought to you by Plaid Crafts. You are seriously going to love it!

  • The paint is formulated to work on all crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric. It is indoor/outdoor safe, dishwasher-safe on glass.
  • There are 160 paint colors in five finishes (Satin, High Gloss, Glitter, Pearl, Metallic). All come in 2 oz. bottles and are non-toxic (so safe to use with children).
  • Prices start at just $1.99!
Wanna see what I did for my very first project with the new Martha Stewart Paint?!

I have the most boring builder grade mirror in my guest bathroom. You know the big rectangle pretty much just glued to the wall. I have been wanting to spruce it up for a while now and this gave me the perfect opportunity!


Hello cyclops. Yikes!



I started out with this group of tools below, not sure which brushes would work best on glass. Now I know, the stencil brushes (the ones with the flat cut bristles) give the best look on glass with frost effect paint.



{Frosted Mirror}


Supply list:
  • Boring mirror
  • Martha Stewart large stencil (Arabesque line)
  • Copier or scanner/printer (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Martha Stewart Stencil Brushes(the bristle ones)
  • Martha Stewart Frost Etching Effect Paint
  • Martha Stewart Satin Sea Lavender Paint (in the center of the box below)
  • Toothpick



1. First off, I chose the design that would work best for me and trimmed it for the stencil so I wouldn't have so much to hold in place.



2. I made copies of my stencil and taped them to the mirror to see how it would look and if everything would fit right.



3. Start with the most visible corner and tape your stencil in place.



4. Roll the frost etching paint to mix well. You can do this easily on the table or with a game of pass the paint with a more than willing 3 year old. Squirt the frost etching on a palatte (or plastic plate if you're like me) and mix with your desired color. I used the tiniest drop of color possible because I wanted to stay true to the frost for this project and just wanted it visible from certain angles. Use more paint if you want it more vibrant.



5. Brush on a light coat making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies of the stencil. Remove the stencil while the paint is still wet. Clean up any leaks or messes with the end of a toothpick. For larger leaks I wrapped a tiny piece of toilet paper around the end of the toothpick.


Sorry the video is sideways. I have not put my video editing software on my laptop yet.




6. Wait until the paint is dry, which is really fast with the frost effects. Then, line up the next piece of the stencil, tape it on and repeat with paint. The Martha Stewart stencils make it super slick because they have guides to make lining up the stencil easy as pie.


Notice the wardrobe change?
There was an unfortunate incident involving baby food and an untimely sneeze.


7. Most likely, you will get to a corner where the pattern does not align perfectly. This is where you get creative with using only part of the design or overlapping and erasing parts to make it look cohesive. Thus, also why you did the most visible corner first so it would look perfect, while the others are less noticeable.



Enjoy your new upgraded mirror!


Stay tuned for a whole bunch more projects in the line up with the new Martha Stewart paint line! I love all the possibilities!


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